The importance of successful place integration for perceived health in very old age: a qualitative meta-synthesis

Haak, Maria, Fänge, Agneta Malmgren, Iwarsson, Susanne and Dahlin-Ivanoff, Synneve (2011) The importance of successful place integration for perceived health in very old age: a qualitative meta-synthesis. International Journal of Public Health, 56 6: 589-595. doi:10.1007/s00038-011-0282-4


Author Haak, Maria
Fänge, Agneta Malmgren
Iwarsson, Susanne
Dahlin-Ivanoff, Synneve
Title The importance of successful place integration for perceived health in very old age: a qualitative meta-synthesis
Journal name International Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1661-8556
1661-8564
Publication date 2011-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00038-011-0282-4
Open Access Status
Volume 56
Issue 6
Start page 589
End page 595
Total pages 7
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher Birkhaeuser Science
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: The aim of this study was to increase our understanding of the multifaceted phenomenon of home and health, by exploring processes underlying these dynamics when living at home in very old age.

Method: A qualitative meta-synthesis was used on four complementary qualitative studies, based on data from the Swedish ENABLE-AGE In-depth Study, focusing on very old, single-living people's experiences of home in relation to participation, independence and health (N = 40).

Results: Over time, very old people manage increased frailty by means of three intertwined processes concerning changes in everyday life: The turning points, The struggle and The negotiations. The findings show that these processes take place through the context of the Homelike functional home and a state of mind labelled, The awareness of frailty.

Conclusion: The results can be useful in constructing and implementing guidelines for more holistic approaches to housing provision for senior citizens. Further, the study delivers a deeper understanding about how very old people live their lives, useful for practitioners as well as it contributes to theory development within the context of ageing and environments.
Keyword ENABLE-AGE
Environmental gerontology
Everyday life
Home
Meaningful activity
Occupational therapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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